Summary: After 9 months, the buttons on the camera stopped functioning. Contacted Sanyo and was referred to their Service Provider, Skokie TV. Contacted Skokie and shipped my camera to them in early September. Hearing nothing after 2 weeks, I contacted Skokie and learned that diagnostics had found a faulty "control unit", which needed to be ordered from Sanyo.
Summary: After owning the HD2 for 6 months I sold it on eBay. This is a tweener device - trying to be both a video camera and a digital still camera. I thought I was getting the best of both, but really the HD2 isn't great at either. Video and photo quality was fair - despite the 7.1 MP resolution, the picture quality wasn't as good as I had been getting from the 2MP Canon SD200 that it replaced.
Summary: I ordered the Sanyo VPC HD2, clearly described as an SD camecorder, including the correct picture. What arrived was a still camera. I contacted the merchant through Amazon's communication system. The merchant, Gizmos for Life, declined to make good on the correct merchandise, but did send me a return shipping label. I shipped it back, but they never credited me after they had received the item back. I had to dispute the charge via my credit card company.
Horrid! Don't waste your money, just get an HD1000!
ProVideoEditor "oilcan1000", Amazon
10 December 2007
Summary: To preface this lambasting, in all fairness, this camera -IS- quite adept at SD (Standard Definition). But the HD settings look like SD resized to 1440 pixels across. That's not HD in MY book, nor should it be advertised as such. And it's for that reason that this camera has to rank as one of the worst electronics purchases I've ever made.
So so... I wish the external microphone was decent
J. D. Shockley, Amazon
27 November 2007
Summary: Pros: -Very easy to work with, editable and small mpeg4 files. Great for posting stuff on the internet. Avid or FCP users don't need to capture footage from dv tapes; they just need to import the quicktime files, which is faster. -Good daytime quality with HD mode -Small Size -A few external (but expensive) lenses available -Decent (though somewhat grainy) pics -records onto sd cards, which can be 8gb Cons: -grainy, significantly worse quality in low light -As has been...
Summary: I previously owned a Samsung Mini-DV camera which is about 4 years old. The poor thing died after many trips to the beach and so forth so I was faced with replacing it. I figured I would "get with the times" and look for a tapeless model. The Sanyo Xacti HD2 is very easy to use, makes transferring video to a computer much easier, and has a great form factor; however, unless you are standing in bright sunlight, the picture looks worse than my Mini-DV camera.
Summary: I own a high end 3 CCD HD video camcorder, but, in our plans to travel abroad at the end of this year, transporting a large HD camcorder is not in the plan and I wanted an all-in-one for both stills and video rather then bring both a still and video digital camera. I needed something very compact that I could use to get very good still images as well as clear HD video using a common format (MPEG4) that I could easily edit on my PC or MAC.
Summary: This is the perfect camera for our outdoor activities. Awesome picture! Don't bother if you want to use it inside though, it needs a lot of light to really give you the best picture. This was our choice because of the HD and mostly because it uses a memory card which is super easy to pop into our computer! This camcorder is really rugged, too! I recommend the extra battery and an extra memory card for convenience sake.